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Brookville’s Ortz wrestles to Powerade title

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CANONSBURG, Pa. — It’s one thing to be seeded No. 1 at the prestigious Powerade Wrestling Tournament at Canon McMillan High School. To be expected to win it all and deliver the title is another.

Ortz on podium

At the top: Brookville’s Taylor Ortz won the 132-pound title at the Powerade Tournament Wednesday at Canon McMillan High School.

That’s what Brookville’s Taylor Ortz accomplished Wednesday as he won the 132-pound title at one of the nation’s top in-season high school tournaments. In the finals, he rallied to beat No. 2 seed Zachary Hartman of Belle Vernon, 5-3.

The win capped off a 5-0 run through the two-day tournament, upping his season record to 16-0. The Clarion University recruit stands at 128 career wins, ranking him third on the Raiders’ all-time wins list, two behind former PIAA champion Brock Zacherl who is currently wrestling for Clarion.

In the final, Ortz trailed 3-2 until a takedown late in the second period gave him the lead for good at 4-3.

Brookville also got junior Keelan Kunselman into the medal rounds. He finished eighth at 106 pounds.